Arboretum, Bingo Night, Common Grounds Coffeehouse...

I've been at UWGB for about two years now, and I know that this school has plenty to offer. I have had many great experiences during my time here so far, and I'm lucky enough to say that I've become acquainted with the various aspects that come with being a student at this school. Though I could think of multiple things for some letters, here are the ABCs of UWGB that I came up with:

A - Arboretum

One of my favorite things about UWGB's campus is how it's surrounded by nature. The Cofrin Memorial Arboretum offers various trails, bridges, hills, and views of the bay, making it one of my favorite places to be on campus.

B - Bingo Night

UWGB students absolutely love bingo night. This typically happens about once a month, and large crowds show up every single time. And why not? Free food is served and there are plenty of prizes that are up for grabs.

C - Common Grounds Coffeehouse

One of my favorite spots on campus, I love getting drinks from the coffeehouse. Whether it's an iced coffee, a campus chiller (which literally tastes like a liquid Oreo), or one of the monthly specials, it's always a treat getting something from here. It also makes a great place to study or catch up with friends.

D - D2L

Look familiar? Every UWGB student knows D2L extremely well. Whether you use this site to look over lecture presentations, take online quizzes or exams, or to check the syllabus, students are constantly logging into this site.

E - Employment Opportunities

UWGB offers plenty of different employment opportunities on campus, which is something that I think us students take for granted sometimes. According to their website, "UW-Green Bay has over 1,500 on campus student jobs each school year, with an average of 1,000 students hired to fill these open positions. "

F - Finding the Haunted Chapel

Locating the "haunted" chapel in the arboretum is a must before graduation. It's a bit tricky to find at first if you don't know the way, but you will get a hang of it eventually! If you're feeling particularly adventurous, I recommend heading here at night - with a few friends of course.

G - Green Bay

Obviously, UWGB is located in Green Bay, which happens to be the third-largest city in Wisconsin - and is home to the Green Bay Packers. Though the campus is located quite a ways from the downtown area, it's always fun to discover the surrounding restaurants, parks, and shops!

H - Housing On Campus

I honestly think that UWGB offers great housing options. After touring other colleges in the state, I was struck by how spacious and nice the dorm rooms - even for the freshmen - were here. After living on campus for two years now, I can definitely say that I'm content with the quality of the housing.

I - Intramurals

Something that a lot of UWGB students enjoy participating in our the intramurals that are offered throughout the school year. Various sports are offered in blocks, and there's something for everyone who is looking to have some fun with sports.

J - Just A Beautiful Campus

It's undeniable that UWGB has a beautiful campus. Unlike other colleges, UWGB isn't crammed in the middle of a city or surrounded by dive bars and cheap houses - we're surrounded by natural beauty instead. I believe that this campus is especially gorgeous during the fall when all the trees are changing colors.

K - Kress Events Center

If you're a fitness junkie, student-athlete, or enjoy a casual workout, the Kress is probably a frequent destination for you. Another one of my favorite places on campus, the Kress has a top-notch cardio deck, great indoor track, climbing tower, basketball court, turf gym, swimming pool, recreation spaces, and much more.

L - Long Walk to Wood Hall

That moment when you realize that one or more of your classes is located in Wood Hall... especially if you have a class right before it in MAC or basically anywhere else. Wood Hall, along with Rose Hall, feels so disconnected from the rest of the academic buildings, and you always know that you are in for some exercise when you head over there.


MAC, otherwise known as Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, is one of my favorite buildings to attend class in. The classrooms have an open layout, and you don't have to worry about leaving too far in advance for class since this is one of the first buildings you encounter coming from student housing.

N - Nice Study Spots

UWGB offers a plethora of great study spots all over campus. Some of my favorites include anywhere in the Cofrin Library, the Wintergarden in MAC, the second floor of Rose Hall, and the seating area by the Garden Cafe.

O - Orgs

There are many different ways to get involved on campus! I can guarantee you that at least one of the student orgs at UWGB offer something for everyone. According to their website, "UW-Green Bay boasts more than 100 student groups, clubs, and organizations in which you can get involved with other like-minded students." Org Smorg, an event held in order for students to navigate the various organizations, is held once per semester.

P - Phoenix

Our mascot here at UWGB is the phoenix, a mystical creature known for rising from the ashes. I personally like our mascot and think it represents our school nicely.

Q - Quality Education

I honestly believe that every academic program here at UWGB offers something special. I have encountered some amazing professors in my time here so far who are incredibly knowledgeable, passionate about teaching, and genuinely care about their students.

R - Residence Life

Though UWGB boasts a large population of commuter students, Residence Life still has a strong presence on campus. As mentioned earlier on this list, housing is quite good quality for college and there are various options available to students. Also, Res Life allows puts up interesting programs and events throughout the school year, such as Res Fest at the end of the school year.


Like D2L, SIS is another school website that every UWGB has been on at least a few times. This website becomes especially prevalent when the new schedule of classes is made available as well as when it's time to enroll in classes.

T - Tunnels

One of the biggest perks of attending UWGB is the fact that all of the academic buildings are connected through a concourse system. I couldn't imagine bearing the long, harsh winters while trying to get from class to class.

U - University Union

This building is arguably the heart of campus. This is where the majority of dining options are found and a lot of the events on campus are typically held somewhere in this building.

V - Views of the Bay

UWGB is in extreme proximity to the Bay of Green Bay, which is the perfect place to watch the sunset on the water. You can either walk here via the trails or drive over.

W - Weidner Center

Our campus also is the home to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, a beautiful structure that hosts an abundance of varying events, including events put on through the school.

X - Xtra Opportunites

UWGB offers plenty of great opportunities for their students. This includes: great study abroad programs that are offered during the school year, winter break, and summer break, internships on-campus as well as resources to get internships off-campus, career services that help you plan and prepare for your future career, and many other great resources that are at the disposal of students.

Y - Your Own Bathroom

College students always complain about the communal bathroom situation that they are forced to face. However, UWGB is unique in the fact that they offer private bathrooms! Every dorm or apartment option - including the freshman dorms - have their own bathroom. The most people I've ever had to share a bathroom with so far is two.

Z - Zillions of Reasons To Go Here

There are honestly a bunch of great reasons why anyone should decide to attend UWGB. I instantly connected with this school when I first toured here, and after two years, I don't regret my decision in attending college here.

Though it's hard to compress UWGB in just the 26 letters of the alphabet, I feel like this is a pretty comprehensive list that captures what UWGB is about and how it's like to attend school year. As this school year winds down, I'm looking forward to coming back in the fall to continue making memories at this great school.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Presenting Sucks, But It's Necessary

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As VSB's semiannual case competition rapidly approaches, I am paralyzed by fear for what Saturday holds. Though I wish I could be a super confident person who brags about how much he or she loves presenting, I'm not.

While other people like to have their voice heard in the classroom, I actually enjoy taking tests and writing papers. I may be social around others and seem like an extrovert, but I really struggle when it comes to things like presenting. I get sweaty, I get shaky, and my voice occasionally quivers. Yeah sure, it can be embarrassing.

But that doesn't make me less of a student.

I remember the first time I realized I had difficulty presenting. I was newly a freshman in high school after my acceptance to an all girls, private institution. The second I got up to speak, I realized that I was in the presence of some of the smartest girls in my age group in miles. I presented, thought it went fine, but sat back down and was greeted by the type of review only a catty, self-conscious girl would give. "Why is your face like that?" I asked her what she- my new friend, mind you- meant and she went on to imitate me. She contorted her face to look a little scared and a little like she had to pee. I was mortified and so thankful that I was the only one to hear it.

Seven years later, I still think about that moment and how a single person whose opinion does not matter determined how several presentations and my perception of myself would be for years. Though I pity that girl for trying to make me feel bad about myself and distract me from getting an education, I use it as a reminder to be patient with others and always, always lift the people around me up.

With the case competition around the corner, I have to remind myself of my own strengths. I am a strong student, I always prepare extensively, and I bring many intelligent ideas to the table.

This time, I will let myself stutter a little bit if it means I can get all my ideas out. Presenting is tough. But in my pursuit of being a businesswoman in top positions, I better make it work.

I remember one professor last year saying something that really struck me. She warned us that she graded participation intensely and reminded us, "You may have great ideas, but if you don't say them out loud, no one is ever going to know them." Your boss isn't going to read all the slides to your PowerPoint and he or she sure as hell isn't going to read your full 5000 page report. Speaking articulately is important.

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